Local Military Youths Need Your Support
- By Jahnine Spaulding
Rutland--Vermont's Operation: Military Kids (OMK) will host an information session at the Rutland Free Library, Nov. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m., for area residents to learn how they can help local military kids, especially during the often stressful reintegration period after a loved one's deployment.
Volunteers are needed for one-time or short-term commitments, such as assisting at workshops on robotics or digital photography, or to join a community team to provide ongoing support to local military families. If interested in attending, call (802) 656-2073 by Nov. 16 to register. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by Nov. 5.
Jahnine Spaulding, an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the University of Vermont Extension's OMK program, will lead this Ready, Set, Go! training session. It is designed to help the general public better understand the challenges and issues that military kids and their families face during all phases of deployment, in particular reintegration, which is often stressful for everyone in the family.
Vermont OMK serves 4,000 military kids throughout the state, partnering with community members and organizations to offer support and activities, including hero packs, school vacation camps and science and technology workshops. Visit www.facebook.com/OMKVermont for more information on local and statewide OMK programs and events.